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April 14, 2008

New Blog Roundup: Week of 4/14

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At least one new blog is launched every second, making it virtually impossible to keep up to speed with what’s new. That also means newbies have an uphill battle in getting YOUR attention. Here are some blogosphere newcomers:

Measure for Measure: The New York Times launches ‘How to Write a Song and Other Mysteries,’ authored by four prolific song writers:
Andrew Bird, Suzanne Vega, Rosanne Cash and Darrell Brown.

According to the paper, the blog hopes to “pull back the curtain on the creative process as [these songwriters] write about their work on songs in the making.”

AnimalsNeedHelp: A 100% not-for-profit blog that is dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and pet issues worldwide. The venue aims to education people about the companies that still do animal testing, use animal’s skins in the design of fashion apparel and keep animals locked in tiny cages for food or entertainment. All money raised goes to charity.

Shine: Yahoo’s latest blog venture targets women between the ages of 25 and 54. Think Cosmo quiz in a fancy blog template. Shine features the best writers and bloggers in women’s publishing. There is also a social community aspect so women can hook up and do us men in (joke).

Know of any good blogs that have recently launched?

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April 9, 2008

Did the Internet Kill Anticipation?

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When the Internet first started to become mainstream, I was at the age when nothing mattered – except girls. Everyday I’d walk down the block to my buddy’s house. We’d boot up his beast of a computer and log on to Prodigy.

Seven letters/numbers stood between Queens, NY and the rest of the world: NCJG34B. My first assigned screen name.

Once logged in, the mission was simple: Find girls of the same age, initiate e-mail contact, exchange pictures through snail mail and eventually meet. Of course, this meeting had to culminate in some sort of ‘action,’ or else it was considered a bust.

If it worked like a charm back in the early 90′s, I can only imagine the number of casual hookups the Internet is responsible for today. It seems TOO easy. But isn’t it always when you’re happily married, sitting on the sidelines.

What’s my point? Here it is: I think anticipation has left the building.

As we move towards an on-demand society, I can’t help but wonder if something is lost with all of this immediate gratification. TV gets paused, albums leak weeks in advance and I can find the value of my home and the picture of an Ex in about eight seconds. This ‘information now’ trend has been spearheaded by constantly-updated blogs.

Information overload is here, and I’m kinda thinking it’s too much. Every good geek worth his or her salt loves data. But is there a downside to having access to too much stuff? Your thoughts please…

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